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NEW MP3 FROM FINALE “A PIPE DREAM AND A PROMISE”

Having been featured everywhere from Wired.com to your favorite hip-hop blog and in magazines from around the world, including a recent feature in XXL’s Chairman’s Choice, Finale’s new album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise has been on shelves for almost a month now. The reviews have been pouring in, and the verdict is clear:…

WALLFLOWERS REUNITE AND RETURN WITH ALBUM & TOUR

Mixing introspective singer-songwriter sensibilities with a commitment to genuine roots rock, The Wallflowers have released five studio albums, sold more than eight million copies of their catalog, topped the Billboard charts, scored a multiplatinum album, several Modern Rock hits, two Grammy(r) awards and a legion of fans.   The Wallflowers will release a ‘retrospective’ set…

THE BEACH BOYS ‘SUMMER LOVE SONGS’ TO BE RELEASED MAY 19

The Beach Boys have long been the world’s leading, harmonious voice of summer fun, with an ocean’s swell of universally-loved songs about the beach, surfing, hot rods, and in no small measure, girls and sun-kissed romance. 20 of The Beach Boys’ best love songs, from tender ballads to boisterous romps, have been gathered for Summer…

NIKE PICKS MOJO MORGAN “TONIGHT” FOR PROMO / MP3

Mojo Morgan’s rasta-rock solo debut, Got Mojo?, hits the ground running! Monday was the official iTunes release of the album and today is the premier of Mojo as the featured artist for the Nike Womenâ„¢ promo campaign.   While sifting through the audio seas, the folks over at Nike were pulled into the Mojo stream…

BONERAMA RELEASE FIRST EVER STUDIO RECORDING “HARD TIMES” / DATES

Seasoned with unrivaled soul that only native New Orleans’ artists can boast, Bonerama spins a three-trombone frontline into heavy hitting rock ‘n’ funk.   In celebration of New Orleans’ famous Jazz & Heritage Festival, where the band will perform this Saturday on the Gentilly Stage, Bonerama is releasing their first ever studio recording, “Hard Times”…

Straw Dogs, Love And Then Hope

Singer/songwriters & guitarists Dave von Beck and Darren Smith make up the core of Straw Dogs.   Bassist, Eric Bryson and drummer, Casey Miller have been the driving force on rhythm for the last six years.   Love and then Hope also features many guest musicians that contribute their talents on the following: vocals, acoustic…

THE BUDOS BAND EP COMING JUNE 23 / VIDEO

From the vaults of Daptone Records comes a collection of unreleased tracks from the infamous Budos Band. Recorded after The Budos Band I sessions, but before those for the second full-length, this EP is a fascinating glimpse into the group’s evolution as musicians and recording artists. Listeners may be familiar with two songs previously released…

DAUGHTRY RELEASE DATE

It may not have a name yet, but there is a release date for Daughtry’s latest effort.   Their sophomore album is coming out July 14th.   As previously reported, Daughtry will debut their first single, “No Surprise,” on Wednesday’s episode of American Idol.   It will air Wednesday at 9 PM Eastern on FOX…

KELIS AND NAS CALL IT QUITS, FILE FOR DIVORCE

MTV News just caught wind that Kelis has filed for divorce from Nas citing verbal abuse and infidelity as the reasons. The couple is expecting their first child together, however, a rep has confirmed to Vibe.com that the “Milkshake” singer has had it. Since they’ve been married for over three years, many have viewed the…

M.I.A. MAKES TIME’S 100 LIST

100 interesting folks made TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and M.I.A. was one of them.   Spike Jonze wrote a piece about the “Paper Planes” singer for the list, which fans can read now at Time.com. Other artists deemed influential by the institution included John Legend, A.R. Rahman…

ROB THOMAS GIVES THE NBA A MELTDOWN

Rob Thomas’ new song, “Give Me the Meltdown,” is featured during the NBA playoffs on ABC and ESPN.   According to the Associated Press, it can be heard over game highlight reels and other on-air spots.   The tune can be found on the Matchbox Twenty singer’s upcoming sophomore solo effort, Cradlesong, which will be…

ASHER ROTH DEBUTS IN BILLBOARD TOP 5 / VIDEO

Asleep in the Bread Aisle, Asher Roth’s debut album, hit the charts running this week, landing in the top 5 selling releases!   The album was the #1 most downloaded album on iTunes for 8 days straight after its release and is currently holding strong in the #2 spot.   Asher’s smash single ‘I Love…

SWINE FLU CANCELS ESCAPE THE FATE IN MEXICO

We unfortunately would like to announce to the public that Escape The Fates shows on May 18th and 19th in Monterrey and Mexico City respectively, have been postponed due to the Swine Flu epidemic.   The band says, “We are really bummed that we can’t make it down due to this virus but can’t wait…

NEW VIDEO FROM JEREMY GREENE “RAIN” FEAT PITBULL

Hailing from Waterville, Maine Jeremy Greene is an artist of and for the 21st Century. His rise to celebrity came solely through focus, perseverance and the power of the internet. After aggressive attempts to attract attention,   Jeremy decided to put his songs “Not My Fault” and “Rain” on MySpace. Response to “Rain” was nothing…

LACUNA COIL CHART HIGH ON BILLBOARD 200

Italy’s greatest musical export, LACUNA COIL, have returned with the massively anticipated, new full-length release, Shallow Life, and have undoubtedly proven that they are one of hard rock’s most revered artists as the album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This impressive position marks the band’s highest Billboard chart entry, as well…

ANTHRAX CONFIRMS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

The legendary ANTHRAX will be hitting the road in Europe this summer with a series of festivals and headline dates as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming new studio album, Worship Music will have a Fall worldwide release. The European dates kick off in Estonia on June 13 and continue into August, with the band…

NEW VIDEO FROM SECONDHAND SERENADE “MAYBE”

Check out the video for “Maybe,” Secondhand Serenade’s third single off A Twist In My Story. This video is made up of behind the scenes footage of life on the road over the past few months while John Vesely (A.K.A Secondhand Serenade) toured Portugal, the Philippines and Australia.

COLDPLAY TO GIVE AWAY LIVE CD TO FANS ATTENDING SUMMER TOUR DATES

Coldplay will be giving away an exclusive live CD, titled LeftRightLeftRightLeft, to all fans attending the Viva La Vida summer tour beginning May 15th, the first date of the band’s North American tour and at every remaining live show in 2009.   The CD will also be available as a free download during the same…

EVANSCAPPS TO RELEASE ALBUM ON MAY 12

EVANSCAPPS, the side project of Ean Evans (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (keyboardist for .38 Special), is set to release its album, “Last Time,” on May 12th via Rock Ridge Music.   The album features eleven songs of “Southern alternative metal,” as Evans has dubbed their sound. Capps provides the lead vocals with…

THE SILENT YEARS NEW SINGLE “MADAME SHOCKING” / DATES

Josh Epstein is certainly no stranger to change. The Silent Years’ founder and frontman has seen his share of shifts throughout the past four years his Detroit-based outfit’s been active, whether it’s in the line-up, musical approach or associations with record labels.

KILLERS WANNA TAKE NIRVANA AND ZEP DOWN

Killers singer Brandon Flowers says some legendary bands aren’t allowing their band to grow in popularity here in the States. He told NME that he feels that people in the U-S are still “so obsessed” with bands like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana that it doesn’t allow new acts to grow. Flowers said he’d like to…

DYLAN TO BE NUMBER ONE

It looks like Bob Dylan might have his fifth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart.   According to early numbers from Nielsen Soundscan, the legendary singer’s latest record, Together Through Life, is on track to move over 100-thousand copies in its first week of release.   That should be enough for the top…

TREY SONGZ IS READY

During a recent interview with MTV News, Trey Songz revealed what fans can expect from his forthcoming effort, Ready. The “Brand New” singer explained he is aiming for a “different sound” and more “diversity” in the album content. In addition, Trey will debut his new music video for “I Need A Girl” via Yahoo! Music…

GREEN DAY BONUS COVER SONGS

Green Day will be making four bonus cover songs available to fans via iTunes when they pre-order a digital copy of 21st Century Breakdown. Fans will get Green Day’s take on “A Quick One While He’s Away” by The Who, Social Distortion’s “Another State of Mind, “That’s Alright Mama” by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan’s…

DIDDY TO SIGN RED CAFE

According to MTV News, it looks like Diddy is currently in final negotiations with Shakedown Records to get Red Cafe signed to Bad Boy Records. Yes, the deal is nearly complete and if all goes well there will be a new Cafe mixtape coming out soon. Red told MTV the mixtape is “tough” with “original…

ASHANTI TO STAR IN MUSICAL

SingersRoom.com has learned Ashanti has landed a new gig… in a New York City musical. The “Way That I Love You” singer will appear as “Dorothy” in The Wiz. This is not Ashanti’s fist theatrical debut; she also played performed in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Defying Gravity. The Charlie Smalls and William F.…

LEONA LEWIS GET INJURED ON HORSE

First Madonna was thrown from a horse and now it’s being reported that Leona Lewis was head-butted by one — are these creatures turning on our pop stars?   According to British paper The Daily Mirror, the “Bleeding Love” singer was going out for a ride earlier in the week when the horse she was…

Evan Spade, Evan Spade

Within the bounds of the music industry, the Internet has emerged as the paramount vehicle of choice for up and coming as well as established artists. The sheer breadth and scope of the net’s reach is virtually limitless, and no one knows this better perhaps than Dallas-based pop rockers Evan Spade. And the pairing of…

Van Atta High, Doin’ Somethin’ Right

I posit that as a music journalist, you aren’t working these days unless you are writing about the proliferation of Pop-Punk bands. For this music journalist, it proves that I am not immune to the generation gap; rather a victim of it. My generation’s vantage point saw Punk as fringe and never intended for mass…

RANDOM STABBINGS & ARTLESS CRITIQUE, MAY 2009

Sweet, Action: The Sweet Anthology (Shout Factory   Records) With one purchase you can become a true 70s-arena-rock know-it-all instead of some underwear-fouling young poseur looking for attention from your hopelessly distracted parents.   Riding a rail between prog and glam at the height of their fame, Sweet (or “The Sweet” if you have nothing…

STOLI LOSES IN A STARE DOWN WITH HOPSIN

Ruthless Records is not letting any recession get them down. Their newest signee is 20 year old emcee known as, Hopsin. Hopsin is coming straight out the San Fernando Valley in California and he has alot he needs to get off his chest. Hopsin has been busy locked down is the studio creating his debut…

DEF JAM LAUNCHES 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN 2009

The greatest names in the history of hip-hop, rap and R&B – from LL Cool J and Slick Rick to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy and 3rd Bass to Ludacris, Redman and Rick Ross, from Jay-Z to Young Jeezy and dozens more – have made Def Jam Recordings the destination for Urban artists…